With 40 miles of ocean coastline, Maine's Acadia National Park is a summer playground. In the winter, when temperatures slip below zero and storm winds mash the North Atlantic against the rocks, it's no less appealing to the eye. Just less hospitable to the rest of the body. All the more reason to savor the season in these stunning photographs.
A winter storm approaches. Gusts of 45 mph drive high tideinto the rocks along Ocean Drive on the eastern edge of the island.Otter Cliffs are in the background.
Snow, sleet, and freezing rain glaze the island, dusting therock remnants of a glacial age with powder and creating miniatureice gardens along the way.
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse watches the harbor on thesouthern end of the island. It's caught here in the final rays of awinter day.
Acadia National Park
The 35,000-acre national park makes up about one-third of theland on Maine's Mount Desert Island. The city of Bar Harbor, on theisland's northeast coast, is just outside the park's main entranceon Route 3.
Though less than 5 percent of the 2.7 million annual visitors toAcadia show up in the months of December through March, the park isstill open. You can even camp. Services and facilities are cutback, however, and some roads are closed because of unpredictableweather. Winter temperatures range from daytime highs in themid-40s to subzero at night. And the average annual snowfall is 60inches.
To find out more, call Acadia National Park at 207/288-3338 orwrite to P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. Or call the BarHarbor Chamber of Commerce, 800/288-5103. Check out the park onlineat http://www.nps.gov/acad.